2019 Events

Spring Semester

Relatively speaking: spatial discrimination tasks as tools for studying multisensory integration

February 27
 Ross Maddox
Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, University of Rochester

On the Acquisition of number concepts: A new puzzle

March 13
 Richard Samuels
Professor, Department of Philosophy, Ohio State University

Improving efficiency at the desktop of the mind: The effects of working memory training on cognitive performance, brain function, and clinical outcomes

April 3 
 Tom Covey
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University at Buffalo

Incremental Learning in Deep Neural Networks using Memory Replay

April 24
 Christopher Kanan
Assistant Professor, Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Training Perception and Action to Do the Right Thing

May 8
 Robert Goldstone
Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

Distinguished Speaker Series Talk

Patterns of imitation and innovation in collective behavior

May 9, 3:30pm
Student Center auditorium

Distinguished Speaker: Robert Goldstone
Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

Summer Section

Mini-Symposium - “Learning about sounds: Interdisciplinary approaches”
June 5th 2019, 7:30 pm, Park Hall 280 

"Humans learn to use and appreciate a wide range of complex sounds throughout their lives, including sounds produced by artifacts (musical instruments) and other animals. The mechanisms that enable this kind of flexible production and perception of sound remain poorly understood. Technological, experimental, and theoretical advances are revealing new insights on the nature of auditory learning and plasticity. This mini-symposium highlights recent research from multiple perspectives on learning processes relevant to understanding vocal and auditory behavior."


James Mantell - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Jennifer Schneider - Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, LCC International University

Matthew Wisniewski - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Kansas State University

Cynthia Henderson - Department of Psychology, Stanford University

Event sponsored by:
William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund
Department of Psychology Dr. Donahue Tremaine Memorial Lecture Fund ​

Summer 2019 Short Course 
Methods for Analyzing Sound and Modeling Auditory Plasticity (MASMAP) 
-- June 5-7, 2019 --


Perceptual processes have been a central focus of computational models of neural and cognitive mechanisms for much of the past century. Often, these models serve to prove the feasibility of proposed mechanisms rather than to simulate actual situations faced by organisms. For instance, models of speech processing may assume that listeners are working with pristine representations of received words rather than natural speech in noisy conditions. One way to increase the ecological validity of perceptual models is to represent actual inputs in biologically plausible ways rather than using idealized inputs. This requires transforming recorded signals into representations that reflect the sensory and perceptual sensitivities of receivers prior to analyzing the patterns within those representations. Providing psychology researchers with the computational skills necessary to implement biologically-based signal transformations in combination with simulations of perceptual processing can move the field closer to realistic theories of perception and cognition. 

Application for financial support to attend MASMAP, to be sent along with a CV and letter of support to cperazio@buffalo.edu

Fall Semester

Animal Behavioral Models of Hyperacusis

September 18
 Kelly Radziwon
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo

Individual Differences in Phonetic Plasticity: Rate, Accent, and Learning

October 9
 Christopher Heffner
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Connecticut

Intersection of Data-driven and Physics-based Learning for Robotic Systems

October 23
 Minghui Zheng
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo


The Science of Learning to Engage Diverse students in the Student-centered Learning Environments

October 30
 Yunjeong Chang
Assistant Professor, Department of Learning and Instruction, University at Buffalo

Chimpanzees cooperate in a competitive world

November 6
 Malini Suchak
Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, Canisius College 

Amodal neurolinguistic and cognitive representations: Evidence from prosody and number concepts in ASL signers and English speakers

November 13
 Marie Coppola
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut